Thanksgiving for many of us marks the official beginning of the holiday season.
“Christmas isn’t just a day. It’s a frame of mind.”
There is magic in the Secret Garden. Every day it is there and I see it.
It’s time for the annual RMHC Gala, our largest fundraising event of the year! Last year’s Gala was held at the House and coincided with the opening of the expansion, truly making it a night to remember. Because of the record attendance and amount of funds raised last year, the bar was certainly set high, but Sara and the Gala committee were up for the challenge! We hope that this year will be just as memorable for all those who attend. A lot of time has gone into planning this year’s Gala, and thanks to our new Special Events Manager, Sara Topp, there will be a few surprises incorporated into an already special evening.
The Gala is a great way to raise money and more importantly, awareness for our mission. We are so grateful to all of our new and returning sponsors, who make the whole night possible! Our silent and live auctions include over 100 amazing items, and we have added a few new activities, including raffles and a wine pull. Approximately 400 guests will be attending the Gala this Saturday, and all of their donations help us continue to provide a “home away from home” for our families.
There are so many people to thank for helping make this year’s Gala a reality! Sara, had a whole list of people to thank, including the Event Chairs, the Committee and Board Members, the countless auction item solicitors and donors, the vendors that provided discounted or donated services and last, but not least, the staff and volunteers that make it all happen. Sara graciously stated, “This truly is a tremendous group effort and couldn’t be done without the help of so many people!”
Attending the Gala or not – be sure to check out (and bid if you so choose) on silent auction items here!
Did you know that the last week of October is International Magic Week? This week, magicians everywhere are making rabbits appear out of hats and doves fly out their sleeves. But what does magic have to do with our House? Just in time for the Holidays, you do not have to be a magician to do your part to provide Holiday magic for our families!
Back in November of 2012, when Nordstrom announced their newest store opening at Mayfair Mall, the Milwaukee community cheered loudly! Fast forward two years and the excitement is at an all-time high as Milwaukee anticipates the grand opening this Friday, October 23! Did you know that every time they open a store in a new city, Nordstrom hosts an opening gala that benefits local charities? We are so proud to share that Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin was one of three charity partners chosen to benefit from the proceeds of the event! Links Incorporated, Cream City and Milwaukee Chapters and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County will also benefit from the opening.
The Great Room in the House is the home of the “Love Notes” journal where guests can write what’s on their mind and share how they have spent their time at RMHC. Today, Lisa Singletary, was more than willing to share her story. As a prompt, I asked her one question: How has the Ronald McDonald House provided you a home away from home?
I haven’t talked to you in a while so I will catch you up on what I’ve been up to.
Extreme Makeover: Playroom Edition!
“Yes, toys are just toys-but they’re so much more than that, too. Toys are the central part of children’s play, and to a child, play is very important work. Through play, children experiment with their visions for themselves and others in the world. So, it’s worth talking seriously about toys, for they have the power to shape children’s dreams and provide a smile when it is needed most.”
Feel, See, Hear, Smell and Taste Our Sensory Garden
The Secret Garden is a family garden, a healing garden, and even a sensory garden. Visitors feel safe and comfortable and can immerse themselves in the textures, scents, colors, sounds and tastes of this interactive space.